If you’re injured in any type of accident in Morrow because of someone else’s fault, you may be able to recover money for your costs. A personal injury accident can lead to many medical bills, lost wages from time you’ve had to miss work, and even property damage costs in the case of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. A Morrow personal injury lawyer can help you try to get compensation for these expenses, which you didn’t cause.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are usually hesitant to pay out the full amount of any claim you submit to them. Legally, they must cover your costs if the insured person is at fault. But they will look for ways to undermine your injuries and other damages. They might even blame you for what happened. That’s why you probably need experienced legal counsel to protect you.
At John Foy & Associates, we can provide that assistance. We work exclusively on personal injury cases, and we intimately understand every facet of how they work. We’ve been helping accident victims win the financial recovery they deserve for more than 20 years. For a FREE consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us today. Call 404-400-4000 or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do You Take?
We take on all of the most common personal injury cases that Georgia citizens face, including:
- Car accidents, including drunk driving accidents, rear-end collisions, and more
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
- And more
You can view an entire list of our practice areas here. If you were injured and are unsure of whether it counts as a personal injury accident, give us a call at 404-400-4000 and we’ll go through the details with you. But in general, if you were hurt and it was a result of someone doing (or not doing) something that led to your accident, you probably have grounds to seek financial recovery.
How Do I Know Who to Hold Liable?
Legally, the person or party whose negligence led to your accident is liable for your damages. Negligence is basically a legal term for “fault.” If the accident wouldn’t have happened without the at-fault party’s negligence, they are liable for all costs of the accident—including your expenses.
Proving liability is another story, however, and can be difficult—even impossible—to do on your own. That’s why a Morrow personal injury lawyer is valuable: they can compile the necessary evidence to demonstrate who was at-fault for your accident and that they caused your damages.
What if I Am Partially Liable?
In some cases, more than one person is at-fault for an accident. This falls under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence laws. If you hold some fault for your accident but are still less than half at-fault for it, for example, you can still seek damages but are limited by the percentage of fault you hold. Consider this scenario:
- You are in a car accident where the other driver collides with your car
- They were driving distracted and are mostly to blame, but you were also speeding and that contributed to the accident happening
- It’s determined the other driver is 90% at fault and you are 10% at fault
- If your losses are $10,000, the other driver would be responsible for paying $9,000 and the remaining $1,000 (which is 10% of the total) would be your responsibility
What Evidence Do I Need to Win Money for My Claim?
To file a personal injury claim and actually have a chance at winning the money, you need to show that the accident happened, the other driver was being negligent, and that their negligence leads to your accident and your damages.
Here are some of the key pieces of evidence you’ll want to gather. And you can start working on these as soon as your accident occurs.
The Police Report
Most car or other motor accidents in Georgia should be reported to police. If you have injuries and/or property damage, call 911 and report the accident after it happens. Officers may come to the scene and ask you questions. They’ll also create a police report about the accident. This is very important for your case; it may be a key piece of evidence in determining who was liable for the accident.
Actual physical evidence can be powerful in a personal injury case. Presenting something tangible, rather than describing what happened, can go a long way in helping prove who was at fault for the accident.
Examples of physical evidence can be:
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Broken stair cases that led to a slip and fall
- Bloodied or torn clothes demonstrating physical injuries
It’s very important to preserve or at least take pictures of physical evidence as soon as possible after an accident. Pieces of evidence can be moved, get lost, or even change due to natural factors like the weather. Try to preserve the accident scene and any evidence of the accident as best as you can. This will allow you to show the insurance company physical evidence when proving the accident (and your damages) happened.
Pictures and Video
As we just mentioned, pictures can help preserve an accident scene that might change with time. If you can, take pictures of the whole scene, your injuries, property damage, and anything else you think it relevant after an accident. Too many pictures is better than not enough—and your Morrow personal injury lawyer will help you determine which ones are most helpful to your case.
If the at-fault person is acting suspicious, you might also take a video of their actions. This may help in showing their negligence.
Keep track of every medical bill and expense you face after your injury. These records show that you got medical treatment for your injuries—and clearly lay out what was paid or is now owed.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer for Free Today
John Foy & Associates has been helping personal injury victims win cases for more than two decades. Starting as a small, local firm, we’ve grown to one of the most well-known and respected firms in the State of Georgia. If you were injured, we will assure your case is in good hands—and we’re ready to help. For a FREE consultation, call us today at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form on this page to get started.